Kelly: Don't Talk About Rivalries

Chip Kelly says they'll be ready for Washington on Saturday, not because they'll be facing arguably their most hated rival, but because each team, each week has to become that.

EUGENE-Ore.,- "We don't talk about rivalries," Kelly said Monday. "It's been proven that we're getting everybody's best shot. Whether it's at home or on the road."

The Huskies proved Thursday that their best shot could be a knockout blow. Just ask Stanford. Also a top-10 a week ago, the Cardinal were up-ended by the Huskies 17-13 in a nationally televised game.

Kelly described the Huskies' effort "a really nice game", and unlike most opponents, his team watched it due to its being played on a Thursday, seeing first hand how talented the opposition will be.

Because of the victory, Washington was rewarded the 23rd ranking in the latest AP poll, giving the Ducks their second consecutive ranked conference foe at Autzen.

Saturday's game will also be the third consecutive 7:30 p.m. kickoff and fourth of the season.

While Kelly says he prepares his team to "play anyone at anytime," he does feel empathy for his fan base; especially those making the trip across the state or across state lines.

"We get out of here and it's midnight and I'm driving four miles home and these people are driving really long distances home. It may be great for TV, but I still think they need to worry about the people sitting in the stadium," he said.


Chip Kelly

On Saturday's slow start:

"I liked our effort and our attitude [in the first half], we just executed better in the second half. "

On freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota's first game away from Autzen:

"I saw the same guy I saw here. That's the great thing about Marcus: his demeanor doesn't change. I don't think he was more hyped up or more amped up because it was a road game. What you see from Marcus is what you see every day in practice."

On running back Kenjon Barner's leadership:

"He's been our inspirational leader on the offensive side of the ball. Because he's worked so hard at it, when he says something it carries a lot of weight with our guys."

Mark Helfrich

On Saturday's slow start:

"We want to be the New England Patriots. It's a four-quarter game. We want to have more points than the other team at the end of the game. That's our goal."

On Marucs Mariota's interceptions:

"It takes 11 people to run the ball and it takes 11 people to throw the ball. The quarterback always gets too much credit and too much blame."

On first half shortcomings:

"We had a bunch of chances for more. That game could have been over at halftime."

On Josh Huff's return:

"He looked like a guy making his first return But Josh has a very high standard for himself and he's a competitive guy. He's a leader of that unit. We expect great things from him."

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